Liberal “speaker’s notes” – “legal due process” is a bad thing

Crikey has a great leak today, the Liberal Party’s “Speaker’s notes” – a document prepared to help Liberal MPs in “preparing electorate material and correspondence, talking points, speeches and handling constituent inquiries”. It’s the closest thing we have to a Coalition election manifesto.

One interesting tidbit is the Party’s collection of anti-Greens talking points in the “Attorney-General and Justice” area:

The Greens believe in legalising same sex marriages.
The Greens believe in reintroduction of voluntary euthanasia laws in the NT & ACT.
The Greens support holding a plebiscite for an Australian Republic.
The Greens will legalise the use of cannabis for specified medical purposes.
The Greens will give 16 year olds the right to vote.
The Greens moved a private members bill entitled Anti-Terrorism Reform Bill 2009 to relax terrorism laws and calls for amendments to the Criminal Code and Crimes Act. The Bill calls for greater freedom of expression and association, freedom from arbitrary detention, legal due process and privacy.
The Greens will repeal the sedition laws and will repeal mandatory sentencing legislation.
The Greens will prohibit the use of electroshock weapons and Tasers.

Aside from the fact that these are pretty much all things the Greens are actively promoting and happy to shout from the rooftops the most remarkable thing in this is the implication that “greater freedom of expression and association, freedom from arbitrary detention, legal due process and privacy” is somehow a bad thing and evidence that the Greens are dangerous radicals who must be stopped by faithful conservative footsoldiers.

What a bizarre place the modern “conservative” movement has come to!

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